Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hand To God - Dian & Marty - New York Philharmonic

Tuesday - We will get today’s posting started with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ...

The Broadway show, in previews ...

HAND TO GOD, a trash-talking hand puppet, Tyrone, takes charge of its shy teenage handler, Jason, at a Christian Puppet Ministry. Has the devil been let in?==>A

This is the same grade that it received from Billi Pod back on 12/3/11 and 3/17/12 when it had a virtually sold-out run up at the Ensemble Studio Theatre on West 52nd Street and then on 2/10/14 when it moved to the larger Lucille Lortel Theater down in The West Village.

Yeah ... this was my fourth time. 

In summary==>This show is insanely funny, profane, sacrilegious, well-performed and totally enjoyable. 

Moving to the larger Broadway venue does not negatively impact on the production values, IMHO

My discounted TDF seat was excellent ... row F in the orchestra, house right.

I have to report that Steven Boyer, reprising his role as Jason/Tyrone, is incredible and the physicality in his performance is amazing. His performance alone makes the show worth seeing.

In this regard I want to share a link to a story about him that appeared in the New York Times back in 2011 ...

It is well worth taking a few minutes to read.

The audience was really into the show and we gave the cast a roaring, and I mean, roaring standing ovation at curtain call.

Billi Pod says==>if you like raunchy in-your-face humor then this is the show for you. If not, then stay far far away.

It is playing at the Booth Theatre on West 45th Street, opens on April 7th, has a running time of 2:00, including intermission, and tickets are currently on sale through July 26th.

Moving on ...

At noon today I am having lunch with my theater-buddies Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Marty Kosarik aka Whatever at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Meske, on West 47th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

It has been a while since we were together so I am really looking forward to this “event.”

Then, for the evening is a classical music concert up at Lincoln Center ...

7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC @ Avery Fisher Hall - The program is:

Ravel - Piano Concerto in G Major (performed by Inon Barnatan);
Salonen - Nyx;
Debussy - Jeux; and,
Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier Suite
(season subscription series)

Billi Pod is really in need of a classical music fix.

Will close this posting out with the usual weather update from The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ...

It is still cold. At 8:30am the temperature is 26º, wind chill down to 16º, with cloudless azure blue skies.

Yesterday the cold weather kept your favorite blogger in the warm and cozy confines of his apartment. He only ventured out to walk to and from his Broadway show.

This means that errands and chores remain to be done ... dammit.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>2.56 miles (or, 5,612 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>334.02 miles (average 4.07 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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